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In a country where one-in-seven residents is an immigrant, and about 15 million people live within 100 kilometers of the US-Mexican border, there are significant disparities in health status between people born in the US and those who have immigrated, and the demographics are changing constantly. The July 2021 thematic issue of Health Affairs takes an intensive look at the policy issues related to immigrants, borders, and health. Articles describe current migration trends and supply new data analysis and commentary on how policies can address disparities and ease the disproportionate health burden borne by immigrants.
Please join us on Tuesday, July 20, when Health Affairs takes a closer look at the effects of recent US immigration policy on the care, coverage, and outcomes for immigrants in the United States. Topics will include: how, in mixed status families, non-citizen children face tougher health effects than their citizen-siblings; how immigration enforcement reduces use of health services like Medicaid and SNAP; and how states and others are crafting policy to restore that critical safety net.
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Health Affairs is grateful to Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health who served as theme issue adviser.